Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019 to be introduced
IRVING, Texas, March 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) supports legislation to be filed in the Illinois General Assembly by State Senator Michael Hastings and State Representative Luis Arroyo, which the company views as a visionary and comprehensive transition plan for its subsidiaries' central and southern Illinois coal plants.
The Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019 will help mitigate the uncertainty surrounding these power plants and the impact to its employees and communities in which they operate. It will also spur substantial investments in new renewable energy and battery storage projects across Illinois and sustain otherwise uneconomic generation for five years while allowing time for additional capacity to come online.
Currently, as much as 75 percent of Vistra's subsidiaries' downstate generation capacity located within MISO Zone 4 is at risk of closure by the end of 2019 due to a number of factors. Vistra's subsidiaries' nearly 5,500 megawatts of generation capacity accounts for 40 percent of MISO Zone 4's summer capacity. Closing all of these at-risk plants later this year could have significant and detrimental impacts on workers and their families, communities, grid reliability, and power prices.
"There are many challenges to operating power plants in Illinois, from longstanding and unresolved capacity market design flaws to delays in regulatory updates and other economic pressures, including approval of the revised Multi-Pollutant Standard that is critical to the proposed legislation," said Curt Morgan, president and CEO of Vistra and its Illinois subsidiaries. "This bill establishes a reasonable and achievable path to transition existing coal power plants to renewable sources of utility-scale solar and energy storage that help meet the state's evolving energy goals. Importantly, this legislation will also allow for the transition of jobs and support the economies of impacted communities while leading to significant reductions in power plant emissions – most notably greenhouse gas – something Governor Pritzker has made a priority for my home state of Illinois," added Morgan.
The Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act will:
Vistra's leadership has expressed a desire to create a sustainable business model in Illinois, though its subsidiaries cannot continue to operate uneconomic plants. This bill calls for reusing Vistra's robust footprint of land and transmission access at current plant sites to reduce costs and time of deploying utility-scale solar and energy storage across the state. The legislation would help Vistra's subsidiaries to bring these technologies to Illinois just as they have brought them to other parts of the country.
Vistra has established itself as a leader in solar and energy storage by developing the largest battery energy storage system in the world, a 300-MW/1,200-MWh system in Moss Landing, California. The company also operates the seventh largest battery in the nation which sits on the site of its 180-MW Upton 2 Solar Power Plant, the largest operating solar facility in Texas.
The company has launched a website at www.renewillinoispower.com to further explain this bill and its position.
About Vistra Energy
Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) is a premier, integrated power company based in Irving, Texas, combining an innovative, customer-centric approach to retail with a focus on safe, reliable, and efficient power generation. Through its retail and generation businesses which include TXU Energy, Homefield Energy, Dynegy, and Luminant, Vistra operates in 12 states and six of the seven competitive markets in the U.S., with about 5,400 employees. Vistra's retail brands serve approximately 2.9 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers across five top retail states, and its generation fleet totals approximately 41,000 megawatts of highly efficient generation capacity, with a diverse portfolio of natural gas, nuclear, coal, solar, and battery storage facilities. The company is currently developing the largest battery energy storage system of its kind in the world – a 300-MW/1,200-MWh system in Moss Landing, California.
SOURCE Vistra Energy